Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 37307
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monthly Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Etowah. This meeting will be the annual joint meeting with the Hiwassee Hiking Club. The evening’s speaker will be club member Russ Miller who will speak on wilderness survival (as well as a brief discussion of first aid). Russ is a very experienced wilderness safety consultant with vast experiences—including being the Risk for the 1996 Olympics on the Ocoee River. He teaches classes for whitewater guides, industry first responders and others—including the class “Wilderness First Responder”. For more information, check out his website at www.wsc2.com. I encourage you to come to fellowship with the Hiwassee club, enjoy the great food, and hear Russ’s presentation.
Food will be pot luck, so bring your favorite dish. The evening’s speaker will be club member Russ Miller who will speak on wilderness survival (as well as a brief discussion of first aid). Russ is a very experienced wilderness safety consultant with vast experiences—including being the Risk for the 1996 Olympics on the Ocoee River. He teaches classes for whitewater guides, industry first responders and others—including the class “Wilderness First Responder”. For more information, check out his website at www.wsc2.com.
Directions are as follows:
The Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church is at the corner of 10th St. and Ohio Ave in Etowah. If you are traveling north on Hwy 411 (Tennessee Ave.), turn left onto 10th Street. The church is one block from Hwy 411 (Tennessee Ave.) at the corner of Ohio Ave. and 10th St. If you are traveling south on Hwy 411, turn right onto !0th Street. Parking is on 10th Street and in the rear near the social hall.
Annual Joint Cherokee Hiking Club and Hiwassee Hiking Club Meeting
Wesley United Memorial Methodist Church at Etowah
Minutes April 8, 2010
The club extends thanks again to Clayton Pannell, Kay Smallwood and their church for sharing the fellowship hall. Clayton welcomed the group and an invocation was given by Randy Morris. Nineteen members and seven guests attended. We want to welcome Patricia Kyle, who joined during the meeting. The club donated $50.00 to the Food Pantry and some members also made individual donations. Members signed a card of encouragement to Gayle Jones.
After a potluck meal the business meeting was called to order by President Randy Morris at 7:30 p.m. Minutes and the treasurer’s report were omitted.
Old business; Rick Harris announced the SEFTC meeting scheduled for May 20-23 at Monteagle TN. Rick also brought a copy of “The Skyway News”, which has articles on the hiking clubs and Brent Tucker’s scout group.
New business: Hiwassee Club President Steve Cartwright introduced scout leader Brent Tucker, who invited the clubs to participate in the Monroe Scout Outdoor Expo Saturday, May 29 at Tellico Plains from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The club voted to have a booth and use the trifold and other small articles representing the clubs. Brenda Harris, Esther Nunley, and Steve Cartwright volunteered for staffing. There were no volunteers from the club for staffing a booth at the “Its Good To Be Green” festival @ CSCC. Randy requested the club to consider the possibility of purchasing predatory beetles and working with the Forest Service to release them on our adopted section of the John Muir Trail from Childer’s Creek to Big Bend. It has been reported that the wooly adelgids are on most of the hemlocks there.
Upcoming hikes: The following upcoming hikes were discussed: the Wildflower Hike with the Alabama Wildflower Society, the Three Forks to Springer Mountain hike, the Indian Boundary hike, the John Muir Cleanup, the Nell’s Cabin hike followed by a showing of the movie “Nell” at the Harris’s home, the Whig Meadow hike, and the Star Mountain hike. The Wolf Ridge to Big Frog hike was cancelled due to road conditions, but another hike will be planned on the same date (ed. note: this hike was rescheduled as the Panther Creek hike, which took place on April 10. See the write-up of this hike above.).
Hikes Completed: Hike reports were omitted. Randy Morris introduced Russ Miller, paramedic and safety consultant, who teaches Wilderness First aid, Wilderness First Responder, Water Rescue, and other classes. Russ presented an informative discussion on wilderness survival and wilderness first aid.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Next meeting: The next meeting will be Saturday May 8 at Rick and Brenda Harris’s home following the Whig Meadow hike. Bring a potluck item to go along with hot dogs and burgers provided by the Harris’s.
Jane Bohannon, Secretary
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